It's important to slow down and really LOOK at art. This week I chose a slightly different piece to discuss using the three steps to reading art mentioned here. The process in creating these artworks is part of the piece itself. So, we started by just looking at the artwork then we watched a video about it's creation.

Below are the interpretations of Stephen (my husband), Andy and Spencer (my sons) and myself.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

  • a drawing
  • explosion of black repeated throughout the paper until it just becomes a line
  • black mass in the middle
  • looks like a design you can transfer onto things
  • is it actual string that's laid down?
  • how is it made??
  • after seeing video: "amazing!"
  • love it
  • drawing machines
  • love the cricket one
  • love arduino and basic robotics

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?

  • it looks like window screen all folded up
  • dropping ink inside of water you get an explosion of the color
  • very contour line like
  • is it a sonar graph or some kind of medical reading?
  • it looks like a sort of a funny animal spraying ink
  • a one eyed monster with lots of bodies and 3D tentacles
  • dropping yarn on top of a sticky substance
  • scientific x-ray of a flower
  • it's like the layers of a 3D printed object

WHY DID THE ARTIST PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER?

  • removing human role with as much autonomy as possible
  • it asks: who is the artist?
  • does the drawing on it's own hold up as art or do you need to know the process? "the piece we talked about did hold up"
  • can machines have a soul
  • awesome and want to see more robots. maybe have them interact with each other
  • the bug one is amazing. it asks can an animal be an artist?
  • pretty special maybe further than just a pen maybe experiment more with weight of the line and vary the colors
  • find more opportunities to let the machine make decisions

These are our interpretations, you may see something different. Oh, and I should mention that when we do this we don't read up about the piece until after we've looked at it.